This year I made baseball themed cupcakes for Hubby’s birthday. He’s a big Phillies fan so I knew I had to make a Philly Phanatic cupcake. If you’re not familiar with the Phanatic, he is the fuzzy green mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies:
The Phanatic has bright green fur, big colorful eyelashes, and a megaphone shaped mouth:
I searched online for a tutorial on how to make Philly Phanatic cupcakes, but couldn’t find anything. So I did some thinking and came up with my own Philly Phanatic cupcake design.
Check out how I made and decorated this Phanatic cupcake. First I started with a chocolate cupcake:
And covered it with white Coolwhip frosting (with my Coolwhip and confectioner's sugar icing concoction). Then to make the Phanatic’s mouth, I cut a marshmallow in half and placed it a little more than half way down the cupcake:
Next, I colored the cupcake green using Wilton Color Mist food color spray. The spray worked pretty well and was like spray painting with flavorless food coloring. Basically it's artificial coloring in a can, probably not the healthiest thing to eat, but it got the job done.
Next, I made two eyes out of marshmallows. If I had mini marshmallows, I could have cut them in half and used them as eyes. But since I didn’t have any mini marshmallows on hand, I had to finagle a large marshmallow to cut round eyes from it.
To make the pupils, I cut the tips off two chocolate chips and rolled them a bit to make them look round. Next, I made eyelashes using red icing. If you read yesterday's post, you know I had a lot of difficulty using the icing I bought and don’t recommend it. I had a lot of trouble with the icing, but managed to make something that resembled eyelashes.
Finally, I finished the Phanatic cupcake by adding a bright red tongue like he’s sometimes seen with.
And here’s the finished Philly Phanatic cupcake!
I know I won’t be on Ace of Cakes or Cake Boss anytime soon, but considering this was my first attempt to decorate cupcakes and I made up this design myself, I think the Philly Phanatic cupcakes turned out pretty well! What do you think? Have you ever came up with your own cupcake design?
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